Anyone who has gone to a Narcotics Anonymous meeting knows that just as they do in Alcoholics Anonymous they celebrate lengths of sobriety. There is just one difference. Instead of giving you a nice little chip that you can keep in a private place and be proud of like you get in Alcoholics Anonymous, you get a key tag. A florescent colored, sometimes glow in the dark, hey look over here, key tag.
Am I the only one that thinks this is a little strange? Don't get me wrong, I appreciate everyone acknowledging that I have been clean from any mood altering substances for a certain amount of time. It's a great idea. I just don't see anyone actually using this to hold their keys on. Do you?
I just think it's funny. Out of everything that they could have picked they chose an item that would be out in the public eye a lot of the time. I know, I can hear it already, "What would you have picked instead Mrs. Know it all?".
Let me think here for a moment. Bottle opener? No, that's not a good idea, kind of sends the wrong message. Umm...I know a little vanity mirror! No, no that could be used as drug paraphernalia (you former coke users out there know where I'm going with that one). Wow, this is harder than I thought. Ok, ok. I give up. I can't think of anything better than the key tag.
Hey no one ever told me I had to put my keys on it anyway. I guess I'll just collect them like I do the chips. That is my favorite part of the meeting. Everyone really gets into it and applauds other people for their hard work and their success. Even though I'm just getting a plastic key tag I feel like I'm accepting an award. Hey, maybe they really do know what they are doing at these meetings huh?
Yes they do, I am a member of A.A, C.A. and N.A. and have been granted a new life after 38 years in addiction I am free of any and all mind altering substances. The key tags and chips basically are to show the new comer that comes into the rooms for the 1st time that the program does work, one day at a time